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  #2229901 3-May-2019 08:36
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The New York Times - OPINION - Bill Barr’s Perverse Theory of Justice

 

In America, no one is above the law - except the president and everyone who does wrong in his name.

 

May 2, 2019

 


On Wednesday, when Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Mueller report, he addressed lawmakers more as if he were a member of President Trump’s legal team than as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer.

 

Barr framed Trump’s actions as fully justifiable, even arguing that if the president feels an investigation is unfounded, he “does not have to sit there constitutionally and allow it to run its course.”

 

Whether out of sycophantic loyalty or a deep-seated belief in executive impunity, Barr has used his position to insulate the president from legal scrutiny.

 

He has done everything in his power to downplay the impact of the special counsel’s investigation. ...

 

For Barr, there are no apparent limits to presidential authority, at least as long as that president is a Republican. ...

 



 





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  #2229911 3-May-2019 08:39
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We all know Trump has corrupted the nation to its core.

It is their problem to deal with. But everyone in politics there seem to be just clowns.




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  #2229951 3-May-2019 09:26
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I'm beginning to revise my longstanding disbelief in supernatural deities.

 

The Devil is obviously alive and well, which infers that God also exists. He's just not taking any calls right now.





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  #2229954 3-May-2019 09:30
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freitasm: We all know Trump has corrupted the nation to its core.

It is their problem to deal with. But everyone in politics there seem to be just clowns.

 

 

Even the Democrat-controlled House doesn't seem interested in asserting any control. A few people who are calling for his resignation (as if that would ever happen) but nobody is willing to finally say enough is enough, subpoena him with a short, concrete deadline to appear, and then jail him if he doesn't.




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  #2229957 3-May-2019 09:35
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I'm not sure they could jail him. Or Trump. Things may have already moved too far for that. What happens if they ignore a subpoena and the judicial authorities refuse to enforce it? Call in the military? Who will they answer to? Is a platoon of congressional geriatrics going to frog-mark recalcitrant administration officials off to the cells?

 

 





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  #2229965 3-May-2019 09:45
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But they would need more than a platoon, Rikkitic! At least a Company, or maybe a Battalion?


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  #2229971 3-May-2019 09:53
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Rikkitic:

I'm not sure they could jail him. Or Trump. Things may have already moved too far for that. What happens if they ignore a subpoena and the judicial authorities refuse to enforce it? Call in the military? Who will they answer to? Is a platoon of congressional geriatrics going to frog-mark recalcitrant administration officials off to the cells?

 

 

 

 

It's my understanding that the House' Sergeant at Arms is the one who arrests anyone held in contempt of Congress, so the judicial branch doesn't get a say in it.




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  #2229972 3-May-2019 09:54
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I liked Comey's answer to how all people within Trump's orbit get sucked in to the plughole and end up flushed down the sewer. 

 

Add one more, Barr. He is just unbelievable considering his appointed position as upholder of the Legal System and NOT as personal lawyer and apologist to Trump.

 

When we can see no gap between Barr and Rudy Giuliani we know the US system is stuffed.


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  #2229989 3-May-2019 10:04
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SaltyNZ:

 

It's my understanding that the House' Sergeant at Arms is the one who arrests anyone held in contempt of Congress, so the judicial branch doesn't get a say in it.

 

I didn't know that but my point still stands. Who does the actual enforcing for the Sergeant at Arms? The police? The military? Another body? What if they just ignore the order? That seems to be the direction things are moving.

 

 





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  #2230004 3-May-2019 10:16
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geekIT:

 

I'm beginning to revise my longstanding disbelief in supernatural deities.

 

The Devil is obviously alive and well, which infers that God also exists. He's just not taking any calls right now.

 



 

I make no apologies for re-posting this one.  😐

 

 





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  #2230006 3-May-2019 10:17
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This won't be easily fixed. There are too many 'good men' waiting for other 'good men' to do something about it.





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  #2230014 3-May-2019 10:36
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This is all very depressing.  😥

 

Some pre-Trump nostalgia might make us feel a little better ...

 

Still worth watching 80 years after it was made.  🙂

 

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

 

This 1939 film is about a naive newly appointed United States Senator who fights against a corrupt US political system.

 

Made before Trump was born - no TV, no internet, no tweets - when radio and newspapers were king.

 

Considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1989, deeming it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

 

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  #2230055 3-May-2019 11:31
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Those were the days. When white men in suits ran things, blacks and women knew their place, Republicans thought only straight sex existed, everyone in the world drank Coca-Cola, and people didn't think Andy Hardy was a dork. 

 

Sorry, I actually like Mr Smith. It was always one of my favourite films. But the message is that things can actually be made better in Washington and I don't believe that anymore.

 

 





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  #2230143 3-May-2019 14:08
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It's a slow system. Takes at least six years to align the legislative and executive branch.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-worst-thing-barr-did-this-week-had-nothing-to-do-with-the-mueller-report/2019/05/02/b9f9293c-6d16-11e9-be3a-33217240a539_story.html

The worst thing Barr did this week had nothing to do with the Mueller report
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The worst thing that Attorney General William P. Barr did this week arguably had nothing to do with possible contempt of Congress or the Mueller report.

It had to do with health care.

On Wednesday, ... the department that Barr oversees formally asked a federal appeals court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing access to health care for tens of millions of Americans.

If the Trump administration prevails, everything in the law would be wiped out. And I do mean everything: the protections for people with preexisting conditions, Medicaid expansion, income-based individual-market subsidies, provisions allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, requirements that insurance cover minimum essential benefits such as prescriptions and preventive care, and so on.

The administration’s rationale was laid out in a policy brief supporting a lawsuit challenging Obamacare by 20 red states. Their logic: When Congress, as part of President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, set the penalty for not carrying health insurance to zero, that effectively made it no longer really a “tax,” and therefore made it unconstitutional. Somehow, that rendered the rest of the law unconstitutional, as well — including lots of provisions having nothing to do with the mandate.

This reasoning has been rejected even by conservative legal scholars otherwise opposed to the law. But legal merits (and demerits) aside — which are likely to be ultimately adjudicated by the Supreme Court — it’s also not clear what political upside Republicans could possibly see in mounting yet another overt attack on Obamacare.

The GOP’s November congressional losses were largely motivated by voter rage over the party’s attacks on Obamacare, after all. Trump has, of course, more recently proclaimed the GOP the “party of health care,” and he and other party leaders continue repeating the obvious fiction that they’re cooking up “something terrific” to replace the ACA.

Yet Trump’s party has never been able to come up with (let alone pass) a viable replacement plan, even when it had unified control of government.

There are more productive things Trump and lawmakers could do to improve the health-care system that don’t involve dismantling the ACA. Obamacare, after all, did a lot to expand coverage and not nearly enough to improve affordability.
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About half of the U.S. population has employer-based coverage, including 60 percent of nonelderly adults. While most say they are generally satisfied with these health plans, many nonetheless struggle with the financial burden they impose — particularly the high-deductible plans that cover 4 in 10 people with employer-sponsored insurance.

Deductibles in employer-sponsored insurance have been rising since long before the ACA. They have nearly quadrupled over the past 12 years and now average $1,350 for a single-person plan. But separate survey data show that only half of nonelderly, one-person households report having at least $2,000 in savings available.

It’s no wonder, then, that many with “good” health coverage still report trouble paying for care. In fact, half of adults with job-based coverage say they or someone in their household has skipped or delayed getting medical care or filling prescription drugs in the past 12 months because of the cost.
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Trump administration officials may not like these alternatives. Fine. But if they’re going to persist in trying to blow up the current system — through administrative sabotage, funding cuts and bogus court challenges — the onus remains on them to propose better ways to rebuild it.
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